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Bazetta man guilty of laundering money from illegal steroid scheme

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A Trumbull County man has pleaded guilty to a federal money laundering charge after being convicted earlier for an online steroid selling scheme.

Twenty-seven-year old Joseph Stiver of Bazetta Township entered the plea in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. He'll be sentenced in November.

Stiver and Justin Robbins of Detroit were both named in a federal bill of information stemming from an investigation in Trumbull County that led to Stiver's 2014 conviction on multiple counts of drug trafficking, identity fraud, tampering with evidence, and drug possession.

Robbins is expected to enter a plea on July 29.

Investigators say Stiver took in nearly $400,000 by selling steroids to customers that included members of the Global Fitness gym in Howland.  

Stivers was sentenced to a year in prison for that conviction.

According to the latest court filing, during the three years that he operated his illegal steroid business, Stiver also stole identities from three members of Global Fitness to create bank accounts through which he allegedly concealed payments for the steroid sales. Prosecutors have not revealed the names of the gym members.

Authorities say Stiver's customers would pay for the steroids via wire transfers such as Western Union and MoneyGram, or though stored value cards such as MoneyPak and Greendot.

The bill of information says the money for the transactions was collected with the help of Justin Robbins.

Charges filed as a bill of information give defendants an opportunity to enter a guilty plea by waiving the usual grand jury indictment process.

The bill of information for both Stiver and Robbins indicate that a conviction could result in a sentence of more than one year in prison.

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